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adv. & adj.
Not straightforward; secret or underhand.
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transacted in an underhand manner.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.under-the-table - designed and carried out secretly or confidentiallyunder-the-table - designed and carried out secretly or confidentially; "a sub-rosa report"; "has their under-the-table backing"
covert - secret or hidden; not openly practiced or engaged in or shown or avowed; "covert actions by the CIA"; "covert funding for the rebels"
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were indicted for allegedly accepting bribes, carrying out acts "incompatible" with their duties, abusing military power and forming "a gang" that committed fraud against a number of Lebanese and foreign victims and hid "under-the-table" deals.
It will simply add another law that is not only difficult to implement, but may also create a new source of corruption or other under-the-table deals inside the Land Transportation Office or other government agencies that will be tasked to implement it.
According to Vibol, corruption in the tax sector has been a challenge in the past, as some officials received under-the-table fees from taxpayers or negotiated fees outside the system, making it difficult to audit.
In principle, this is meant to ensure that no Senator is compelled to vote based only on party interests, but in reality, it encourages horse-trading and under-the-table deals between Senators willing to sell their vote and any rival party looking to exploit this.
Citizens claim that a handful of lady health workers and quacks are conducting under-the-table abortions and deliveries.
Wala dapat under-the-table na negosasyon, walang sekreto (Our countrymen have the right to know what the government is doing, There should not be under-the-table negotiations, no secrets)," Poe said in her statement.
Barcelon said the private sector can partake in this practice of good governance by not engaging in and promoting under-the-table deals with authorities.
The bulk of the dialogue in what was presented belonged, surprisingly enough, to stone-faced German director Werner Herzog, whose character wants to hire the bounty hunter for an under-the-table job.
The process roughly translates as 'under-the-table deal', hardly a term that inspires confidence.
Ruto said the political cons roaming around Kenya are well known, and so are their under-the-table games.
Parents who've scrimped and saved and cajoled their young to study into the night in hopes of sending them to elite universities have learned a painful lesson: The lifestyles of the rich and famous have been granting children of privilege special, under-the-table, illegal entry to those same colleges.